Gear

Nifty Tricks I have learned on the AT so far

Nifty Tricks I have learned on the AT so far

So far on the trail I have learned a lot about how to make mutli-functional use of items in order to save weight and make items last. It has been...

Aug 18, 2022 : Sonic Boom
Equipment and the Smokies.

Equipment and the Smokies.

My Equipment I'd like to start off talking about my tent. Boundless Camping Denali 2 person Tent, List $193 sale price $125. 65 oz. This is a small tent if...

Jun 30, 2022 : Brit
The Bed – Equipment Debate Part 3

The Bed – Equipment Debate Part 3

Do those two ever agree? After 39 years of sleeping next to each other every night, we are used to being in each other's space.  But sleeping on a cold,...

Mar 2, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Sophia (Wheelz) Garber’s 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Sophia (Wheelz) Garber’s 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Another gear list? Of course. Because who doesn't love a good gear list? We're particularly loving Sophia (Wheelz) Garber's gear breakdown, especially considering she recently finished her

Feb 11, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

Starting your AT thru-hike in February is a unique, incredible experience. However, you are likely to encounter plenty of winter weather, which can be intimidating at best and life-threatening at

Jan 26, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the sleeping systems they used on their 2021 Thru hike. This post will cover...

Jan 12, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the shelter systems they use. In this post we’ll cover the trends from the...

Jan 5, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
The Best and Worst Gear from My 2021 AT Thru-Hike (Non-Ultralight and Petite-Friendly)

The Best and Worst Gear from My 2021 AT Thru-Hike (Non-Ultralight and Petite-Friendly)

I am 5'1", 100 pounds soaking wet, and definitely not an ultralighter. I have nothing against ultralighters, but for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike this year, I was not among their...

Nov 23, 2021 : Ann Marie White
2020 Appalachian Trail Section Hiker Survey: Resources and Gear

2020 Appalachian Trail Section Hiker Survey: Resources and Gear

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of the Trek's 2020 survey. We surveyed 448 people, 43 of whom had completed the entire...

Sep 20, 2021 : Mariposa
Appalachian Trail Gear Review for 2021 Thru-hike

Appalachian Trail Gear Review for 2021 Thru-hike

Most of my gear to be consolidated into the red pack. Gear Review for 2021 With all the gear I have accumulated over the last nine months, it made sense...

Jan 24, 2021 : Darlene M